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Human Reproduction

Published 1947

Though this sex education film concentrates on presenting the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction in sober medical terms, its release kicked off a controversy in many American cities and towns over the legitimacy of sex education in the public schools. The film is narrated from the point of view of an adult who tries to decide how to answer his son's natural questions about sex and reproduction. With excellent diagrams of the reproductive process.

Run time 21:24
Producer Audio Productions, Inc.
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


"The development of a foetus [fetus] is followed in detail, and the absence of a common bloodstream is emphasized."
"presents vital information accurately and in good taste"

Ken Smith sez: Little Johnny Burke asks his dad where babies come from. "From the grace of heaven," dad chuckles, but Johnny is not so easily dissuaded. "What would you reply?" asks the narrator, and this straightforward film then attempts to give us the answer. Through the use of animation, we see wiggly sperm, ovulating eggs, and ink wash illustrations of babies growing in the womb. But are you really going to tell your kid; "Then the walls of the uterus become engorged with blood and fluids"? Good luck. Remade in 1966.

Sex education


Reviewer: Thereminista - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2015
Subject: The Film I Never Got to See...
This is an early sixties film that thoroughly covers how babies are made. Overall, the information is given in a very straight, and factual way without a lot of goofy analogies or quasi-embarassed tactics to circumvent the details.

The lead-in is a vignette of a little boy who presses his parents for more information about why Mommies bring babies into the world. The scripting is thin, but it serves it's purpose well enough.

When I was in grade school, neither my school nor my parents wanted anything to do with informing me about sex, or the anatomy of a man. Those were to be avoided at all costs. (I remember saying "Eewwww! I would NEVER touch a man there!!!) In the end, I got the information from the secret section in the reference department of the school library where books that were never to be taken out lived.

Some parents may balk at the idea that their child will become sexually aware, but the sad news is, holding back because your religion or upbringing prevents it, can, in this day and age, have dire health consequences. With the collapse of the laws that protected children from televised references to sex, we are seeing more and more foul language. The "F" word has become so common that it's bandied about carelessly, and using it quickly became as annoying and repulsive as "Y'know" or "Gag me with a spoon!" during the Valley Girl days came to be.

Video games and anime are both rife with sexual content, little of which is balanced or "healthy" Chances are very good that your children will know the meanings of "hentai", "yaoi", and "ecchi", long before you ever get around to talking to them yourself, and given that some Japanese sexual material is STILL couched in old traditions, they may also be exposed to depictions of forced sex and sex with children. (In ages past in Japan, it was possible to buy or trade goods for the virginity of a young girl. That would mean her first experience would be with someone much older, and whom she barely knew.)

While Japan is making solid inroads in making cultural and societal changes that ban such manga material, they will not achieve it for sometime to come, and given the spectrum I've seen thus far, no child, who has full, unsupervised access to the Internet, will be immune, and given that the Internet is the ultimate source of freely available information, any parent would be foolish not to guide the child in a safe and responsible way. After all, pioneers, trekking across the US, and the Native Americans in their many tipis all conceived and brought up families in close proximity to older children. They can handle it, if you can, and if you can't, this film might be a really good place to start. If they know that they can come to you for straight answers, they will enter the world of adults with a backup team that can support them and dispel rumors as they mature. It would be far worse if the bulk of their knowledge on the subject came from lurid cutscenes in Grand Theft Auto V.

Therefore, in summation, I heartily recommend this film for its accuracy and for its candor, and for its depiction of a functioning family able to communicate with each other.
Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2012
Subject: A Bit Involved
For a six year old, "the bee stings the bird and the bird lays an egg" is usually sufficient.

BTW, among Italians - Sicilians in particular, the hymen is PROOF of virginity and in those days it was not unusual for an Italian - American girl to make an appointment with the doctor to "confirm" that it's intact. It was a big deal in our Italian community. Fortunatley, the local fire hydrant on the corner in front of our house (with a protruberant 3" square nut on top for its operation, was often used as a piece of playground equipment by the local kids including girls; and my dad explained to us that "there are no intact hymens around here...." as he pointed to that municipal implement.

So don't believe everything you hear.

A very well done film appropriate for high school age kids. I also think my parents could have been enlightened by this film.
Reviewer: Jackal2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2006
Subject: xsdxsaf
Reviewer: mjwise - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2006
Subject: By the grace of heaven...
...this film really isn't too bad. But can anyone here place those accents? I'm stumped. The father's increasingly perturbed/panicked look at his kid's questions is great, though.

Good sardonic narrator too. The explanations are very straightforward and do not seem dated. I think the lack of pubic hair in the woman is kind of odd though. The male erection is also completely cropped out. Also notable is that the male explanation/model portrays a male with foreskin, which was a somewhat unusual inclusion compared to even other films of its age as circumcision was already quite popular in the US when this was filmed.
Reviewer: fanfare - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2004
Subject: So THAT'S how they do it...
I could've used a bit less realism in the animation, thank you (the slow, contracting passage of the baby through the uterus was almost painful to watch), but Dad's trauma at his son's probing questions kinda made up for it. A very enlightening film.
Reviewer: AliceTeeple - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2004
Subject: i think i am going to telephone the hospital right now.
Strangely-accented people narrate the facts of life in quite possibly the most unappealing description of conception ever filmed. Features disturbing silhouetted images of newborns hanging upside-down. And Dad perpetually looks perplexed about all of it. How DID Junior show up? What's with all those Latin names? Huh? Huh?
Reviewer: trafalgar - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2004
Subject: I learned a few things...
Pretty complete and accurate, with some nice animations that made clear some things that, frankly, I was a little vague on myself. Also nice that the assessment of the growing egg/embryo/fetus is untainted by the current political/ideological debate...just the facts, ma'am...
All in all, I think parents could use this film, even today.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2003
Subject: Dad? Dad??
A peculiar movie made apparently for adults who have absolutely no idea where babies come from LOL. The movie starts by a young tyke asking his father where babies come from. The Dad soon starts, um, I don't know, going into a trance I guess, and then narrator starts talking about the female reproduction system. Soon, junior apparently snaps Dad out of it to ask another question, which just gets Dad deeper in the fog again, thinking about the Male reproduction system (insert your own joke here). Although quite an informative and educational film, the formatting of it is rather bizarre.
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